Posts Tagged ‘working mother’

March of Dimes on Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies list

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Does your company have a good maternity policy?  How about paternity leave?  Although we’ve only been on Working Mother Media’s 100 Best Companies for two years, the March of Dimes has a long history of influencing women’s ability to balance work and life.

“The March of Dimes is honored to be part of this 25th Anniversary and the fact that a nonprofit with limited resources can make this prestigious list two years in a row shows that any company truly dedicated to supporting mothers, families and healthy childbearing can make a difference for its employees,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Throughout the years, March of Dimes has recommended – and offered – policies and benefits that promote the health of babies and mothers.”

Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media said, “We are pleased to count March of Dimes as one of the 2010 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. Employees care deeply about the work they do at this nonprofit, which supports preconception and prenatal care and baby health. To honor fathers’ participation in their infants’ lives, March of Dimes increased paid paternity leave last year from one week to two, while mothers can take 26 job-guaranteed weeks off after the birth of a child, with six at full pay.”

We are so pleased to be included for a second time on this list and would love to see many other companies follow the standards set by Working Mother.  Profiles of the 100 Best Companies, as well as national comparisons, are in the October issue of Working Mother and at workingmother.com.

March of Dimes joins the ranks of the 100 Best Companies

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

We are proud to announce that we have been named to the 2009 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list and are the only nonprofit advocacy organization included.

Now in its 24th year, the Working Mother 100 Best Companies program draws attention to the significant contributions working mothers make to industries and the companies that recognize the importance of tapping this essential labor pool. Profiles of the 100 Best Companies, as well as national comparisons, are in the October issue of Working Mother and at workingmother.com.

“The Working Mother 100 Best Companies stand head and shoulders above the rest,” said Carol Evans, CEO, Working Mother Media. “For example, in the last year, we saw the number of companies nationwide offering flexible work arrangements diminish five percentage points, while the 100 Best Companies stayed steady at 100 percent. The 100 Best provide leadership where and when we need it most, furnishing a framework of support for working families during good times and bad. If all companies adopted these best practices, more families could weather the economic storm,” she added.

Is your company on the list?

Returning to work

Friday, August 7th, 2009

It’s 7:30am. “Would you like to turn the Out-of-Office-Assistant off?” I hesitate for a moment then click “YES”.  It’s official. I’m back. It’s been six months and it feels weird to type. My hair is still wet from my shower and I have a little dried spit-up on my shirt. Or is that toothpaste? I don’t even care. I haven’t slept for more than four consecutive hours or  thought about anything else but the baby since the moment I laid eyes on her. I’m worried that I don’t remember how to do things anymore. Thank goodness for spell-check. Speaking of…where did the spell-check button go, Lindsay? Pam? Ivette? I swear it was in the upper right hand corner of the screen when I left. OK. This is pathetic. My eyes are already from tired from the computer screen. Seriously…how do women do this?

We have some information on our website from Working Mother Magazine about making your return to the workplace easier after having a baby. Perhaps I need to read it again.

Now that I’m back to work I’ll be posting on baby-related issues every Friday. I have a ton of funny and not-so-funny stories to share about being a first-time-mom and caring for a new baby. I need all the support and encouragement I can get so I’d love to hear from you. TGIF and see you next week!

First ride on the bus to school

Monday, September 8th, 2008

I received the following note from a friend and even though my first child started school a long time ago, this brought back memories.  How are you first time parents doing?

This is for all of the women who suffer the horrible guilt of a working mother.  You are the one who loves your job (most days), but wish you could spend more time with your child.  Somehow, simultaneously, you know that despite the fact that you love your child more than life itself, you realize that being employed is best for both of you.  You are the one who might leave day care with tears in your eyes, especially those days when your child decides to say “no Mama, don’t leave” (even though they are perfectly fine 5 minutes later).  Or maybe you are stoic, but the feelings of regret are there most days.  However your emotions manifest themselves, this one is for you.

Last week, 5 years of stress and guilt culminated in a grand finale that was one of the sweetest days of my life.  Last week, my 5 year old started kindergarten and I, like other mothers, worried about what might happen.  Would she be okay?  Would she cry?  What if she refused to get on the bus?  Oh…that dreaded bus.  What if she had a meltdown at school and they had to call me to pick her up?  Well, let me tell you she was fine.  She was more than fine.  She was proud, she was confident, she was excited and most of all, she was happy….all of the things I’ve ever wanted for her.

Now, I’m not saying that if I had been a “stay at home mom”, that day wouldn’t have played out exactly the same way.  Some may say that I am making excuses to make myself feel better.  Both may be true, but I know my child well and there is no better feeling than looking into her eyes and knowing that she is happy, excited and ready to leap into the next phase of her life.  While I know my husband and I have helped her along the way, I now know that the lessons that she learned at day care about interacting and socializing with other children and adults have been invaluable. 

As I watched her step up onto the bus beaming at her crazy parents with both video and still cameras, for a few minutes, that horrible mother’s guilt was lifted.  It was a great feeling while it lasted.  So when that pang hits you as you leave the day care, know that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Breastfeed your baby as long as you can

Friday, August 15th, 2008

We’ve been writing a lot about breastfeeding this month to remind moms how important it is to nurse their babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants be fed only breastmilk for the first six months of life.  After that, the AAP suggests continuing breastfeeding while introducing solid foods until a baby’s first year.

A new study in this month’s Journal of Human Lactation shows that while more moms than ever are breastfeeding at birth, only 1 in 3 moms are still breastfeeding their babies at six months.  The research also shows that moms who return to work or live in certain areas of the country are less likely to continue breastfeeding in the long term.

We know that when it comes to their babies, moms do the very best they can.  We encourage moms to continue breastfeeding as long as they can, but know that sometimes life can be hectic.

If you’re planning on going back to work and want to continue long-term breastfeeding, ask your employer if there is a lactation policy or benefit in place. More companies are offering new moms a private place and time to express (pump) milk. You may want to consider a gradual transition by working from home a few days a week or working part-time. Employers will want to help you continue breastfeeding because moms of breastfed babies are sick less often and, therefore, miss work less often.

Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding and helpful tips for nursing moms.

Working and breastfeeding

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Some women think that going back to work means the end of breastfeeding.  Not so! It takes a little bit of effort, but it’s done all the time and is a “win win” situation for everyone.

If you are planning to return to work and have not done so already, find out if there is a lactation policy or benefit in place. Ask if your employer will give you a private place and time to express milk. Can you work from home a few days a week or ease back into work part-time? Helping you to continue breastfeeding your baby is in an employer’s best interest, as mothers of breastfed babies miss work less often because their babies are sick less often.

There are a variety of breast pumps available; one is sure to meet your specific needs. Manual pumps are often preferred by women who pump infrequently, while working women often prefer electric double pumps because they are most efficient.  A lactation consultant can help you evaluate your needs and choose wisely.  Don’t forget a good supply of bags or bottles to store the pumped breastmilk. 

You will probably need to pump two to three times in a full-time workday, for about 10 to 15 minutes each time. Your childcare provider should support your breastfeeding relationship with your baby by feeding your child the pumped breastmilk you have left for her and by welcoming you to feed your baby during the workday if you are close by.

Successful breastfeeding is a mix of love and logistics. A little planning, research and networking can ensure that you are able to give your baby and yourself its benefits while you lead the busy life of a modern mother.